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Fuseworks Media
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With all rivers now receding the Civil Defence, Councils and locals are now assessing the damage caused by the overnight flooding.

Golden Bay was the most affected area in the Tasman District in particular around the Aorere River. Normally a river able to be forded on foot during summer, the Aorere was flowing at nine cubic metres per second in early December. At its height this morning the river was charging at over 3,500 cubic metres per second.

The most significant impact will be felt by the farmers and residents in the Aorere valley.

"With the weather improving farmers will be able to assess stock and property loss later today," said Jim Frater Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Group Controller. "The recovery process will involve a number of steps including checking damage to infrastructure such as roads, bridges and water and waste water services. We will be working with the individuals and services affected to ensure they are supported while repairs are made."

"We are very well aware that it is in the aftermath that the true effect of the flooding as people add up the monetary and personal cost of the event. To this end we, and various government agencies, will be working with the community to identify needs and support required to help them through this tough time," said Mr Frater.

The weather is continuing to clear with no flood producing rain expected for the rest of the day with good weather forecast from this evening.

The rivers are beginning to drop in the Nelson Tasman Region, however, there is still need to be cautious. People are encouraged to stay out of the rivers until they run clear as there will be a substantial amount of floating debris.

Power Power to Rockville and Bainham is still out with crews currently working to reconnect power to residents. Power to all other affected areas has been restored.

Rivers The Aorere River has dropped a metre since peaking but will be at a high level for another two hours at least. The Anatoki and Waingaro Rivers have peaked and continue to drop. The Riwaka River has experienced average flooding but is now receding. However, the Wangapeka River will continue to run at a high level for the next couple of hours (see webcam footage - ).

Roading The Totaranui Road is now clear. The road to Ferntown, between Collingwood and the start of the Heaphy Track, is still impassable. The James Road Bridge in Bainham has been washed away. We have yet to confirm if there are any people, apart from the few residents accounted for, isolated on the other side.

General advice to residents and campers People throughout the region are urged to keep away from streams and rivers and people are encouraged to exercise care on all the region's roads.

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